Beach Rules Be Aware
BE AWARE OF SEA DANGER
PARENTS-ALWAYS BE ALERT TO THE DANGERS ON THE BEACH AND NEVER, NEVER LET YOUR YOUNG CHILDREN OUT OF YOUR SIGHT.
THAT is by far the most important safety rule visitors should obey, otherwise the
consequences can be tragic.
Our safety record at Sheringham is excellent and we would like to keep it that way, for your sake. At Sheringham we have Lifeguards and Lifeboats, but we prefer them to do nothing! If they do nothing it means that our visitors and own community are safe. Before you use our beaches, find out where all the safety amenities provided are, First Aid Hut, Lifeguard, Flags, etc
You do not have to be scared of the sea, we live with it constantly however you do have to give it the respect it deserves as a powerful force of nature.
The beaches of Sheringham are an enormously popular summer playground for families, but
you should always exercise extreme caution at the waters edge, bearing in mind the
powerful tides and currents in this part of the world.
Further round the coast the beaches are in places more dangerous. When you see miles of exposed sand at low tide, there is a temptation to wander far out exploring a situation that often results in people having to be rescued.
If you do want to explore, then check with local fishermen or the coastguards about where it is safe to go, and where there is danger of the incoming tide filling up creeks and cutting you off. There is no reason at all why you should not have a wonderful time on your stay in Norfolk. Just take the trouble to inquire about any potential dangers that are avoidable.
- Always follow the beach rules set out here to ensure you avoid potential dangers.
- Know where your children are AT ALL TIMES, especially if they are swimming or at the waters edge.
- Never let children burrow into the sides of sand dunes. If the burrow collapses on the child suffocation could result.
- Beware of being cut off by the incoming tide. Check local timetables, especially in remote areas of the coast, and ask the coastguard for advice.
- Do not use inflatable airbeds or toys in the water they can get blown out to sea.
- If you can swim, do it where there is a lifeguard on patrol, or swim where there are other people. Swim close to the beach and not too far out to sea. Always obey the flags and notices.
- Never climb on the cliff and always keep away from the cliff edges.
- Windsurfers should try not to go alone. If you do, make sure someone is watching from the shore or make sure somebody knows your return time.
- If you are going out to sea, know the limitations of your craft. Make sure the engine and equipment are in good condition.
- Have the right safety equipment and know how to use it. Have enough lifejackets for everyone on board. Let someone ashore know your intentions and the time of your return.
- Know how to make a distress call or signal if you are in trouble.
- Never pick up suspicious objects. Mark their position and inform the coastguard.
Unexploded bombs, mortars and shells are still being found on local beaches years after
the Second World War ended.
PLEASE FOLLOW THE ABOVE RULES, THEY ARE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY